18th March 2018
i-Saksham completes three years of its formal existence!!!

Dear friend of i-Saksham,

Team i-Saksham invites you to join us on a field trip to Munger. You can reach Munger by 31st March (Saturday) evening and we will have the field trip on 1st April (Sunday). You can spend time at i-Saksham learning centres, interact with Saksham Mitras, children and parents; can meet our team and can participate on the work done so far and contribute about further course of action. You can also learn about Munger and its people.

The journey has been a great experience and we would be grateful if you can join us in celebrating the 3rd milestone.

Please inform us of your plans at this link so that we can make arrangements accordingly.

Best regards,
Team i-Saksham

Here are brief travel options:
  • There are flights/trains to Patna from major locations in India.
  • Patna to Munger
  • You can Take a cab from Patna to Munger(Jamalpur) that leaves Patna between 9-10 am, and reach by afternoon. OR
  • You can take trains from Patna to Muger(Jamalpur)
13th February 2018
Dear All,

i-Saksham has been selected as one of the 'Champions of Change' by Janhit Jagaran.

This will help us get access to a network of organisations and initiatives as well as mentors who can help us with taking our work further.

Thank you for the support. 

2nd February 2018
Dear Supporters,

 2017 as a year has been quite useful. Qualitatively, while 2015 was about setting a team, 2016 was fine-tuning the training and handholding programme, 2017 is the year where we have started to see the tutors and children behaving the way which we believe would promote quality education in true sense. Along the way, we have got mentorship support and partnership with a number of organizations, IIM Bangalore, Mindtree, EkStep, Youth Alliance, Yale University, Teach For India (TFIx), E&Y foundation, Unlimited India etc to name a few.
 
We all can estimate how difficult it is to institutionalize a behavior in any unorganized segment. Those of you are teaching kids, must be knowing the challenges in education. Change in education practices and outcomes, at scale, requires improvement in technical skills as well as shift in mindsets and attitude. With belief in potential of youth and building on their love for children, i-Saksham experience states that it is doable. The prints of impact of last 4 years of work are getting bigger. Some of the behavior changes, achieved by the team are as follows:

  • Classrooms of our community educators have become more rich, and beautiful.
  • Children now sit in their learning groups.
  • Teacher come prepared with differentiated lesson plans, a delight for any teacher training institute. And let me tell you that these are not simple and easy to make.
  • Their interactions with children have seen a remarkable shift- cherishing values of love, and trust.
  • Parents feel that their voices, and concerns are being heard.
 
Perhaps now, it marks a humble beginning!
 
Following are the key updates in addition to the above:
1.   So far, i-Saksham has reached out to 500 more youth in Jamui and Munger and trained them as community tutors.
 
2.   i-Saksham started pilot for yearlong mentoring of selected youth for improving learning outcomes of the children. We are calling them i-Saksham Fellows, there are 16 fellows as of now.  i-Saksham pays these selected fellows for basic infrastructure and other amenities at their centre. We are getting encouraging results from them. Below are pictures from learning centres of few of the fellows.
 
Figure 1: Kids at Mamta's centre doing Ginti-mala

Figure 2: Interaction with parents at one of the centres. Parents are slowly becoming interested in learning of the children


Figure 3: Girls at Kasturba  Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Jamui with their Christmas artworks



3.   The stories of change of thoughts, actions, confidence and self-belief have continued. We have been able to engage parents in the learning journey of children, which is a useful success. Once parents become partners in learning journey of children, the outcomes are more sustainable.
4. i-Saksham has also been selected for support by Yale Social Entrepreneurship Programme. Four interns from Yale will visit i-Saksham in 2nd week of January. We will keep you updated.
 
5. We are exploring new processes to track learning progress and behavior at centre. Here are a few observations from learning centres which give an idea about what is going on there.
 

Figure 4: Observations on Parents’ meeting at a centre



Figure 5: Response from parents about aspects related to their child’s learning


During the process of institutionalizing this, we are learning a lot. Needless to say, you are the force enabling i-Saksham to do its bit.
 
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Team i-Saksham